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  • Simon Bird

    Here’s a variation on the above: around 1 lap of a fixed course that takes ~20mins to ride, have 2 teams of 6 riders compete head to head. First rider over the line wins for his team. Follow a tournament style over a weekend with round robin group stage followed by knockouts (like rugby 7s), one team gets crowned the winner at the end. Have enough rounds and create a league.
    You could end up with multiple tactics in every race; 2 sprinters teams go head to head, but maybe one attacks early to force a chase. One team has a strong climber who attacks on the hills while the other team of rouleurs team time trial to pull him back. There’d be multiple scenarios, and with a couple of races on track at a time, you’d have constant action. On top of this, the reduced possibility of crashes plus high intensity interval style racing could attract the big names who’d use it as training without the risks of breaking your star GC guy before the GTs. I’d watch it.

  • John_Irvine

    Interesting. You may want to mention the date: June 2-4.

    • Shane Stokes

      Thanks John – there was a link to yesterday’s announcement but we’ve added the date.

  • thevictoriousgecko

    The new races are called the Hammer Series. How did that title come about?
    Well, when we worked with Infront and the design agencies, we really wanted something different. Everything is ‘Tour of something’ or ‘Criterium of whatever.’ We said, look, we want something that really reflects the nature of what we are doing.

    We thought it would be interesting, failed to bother checking search engines to see if there was already a company named Hammer heavily involved in athletics.

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